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How to Plan Your Next Freight Shipment

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015

The planning that goes into import and export projects is immense. There are so many facets that you have to organise. Moving goods across town can be stressful, but when your freight consignment has to travel hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away, things have a tendency to become even more pressure-packed.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few helpful freight shipment tips to keep in mind as you plan for your big shipment.

 

1. Consider Expenses Carefully
Before you embark on any kind of freight shipping project, it’s always a good idea to work out what your expenses are likely to be. If you’re shipping your freight domestically, then this won’t be so difficult. But, if your freight is being shipped internationally, then costs are likely to become considerably more difficult. This is because it is unlikely that your goods will go straight from point A to point B. Usually there will be some sort of ground transport involved, often through multiple countries or territories, all with varying customs requirements and costs. So, make sure you are aware of all these before you ship anything. Your freight company should be able to help with this.

  1. Plan Properly

    Different freight providers have different weight, volume, and size restrictions. Some companies will only ship pelletised goods, whereas others will take both pelletised and non-pelletised. So, it’s essential that you plan properly. You need to know exactly what type of goods of you’re importing or exporting, and exactly how they have been packaged. Only once you have all those relevant details, can you expect to receive an accurate shipping quote, and engage the services of a reputable freight company. 

  2. PackSecurely

    Your cargo shipment will only arrive safely and securely if you have taken the time to prepare it as effectively as possible. So, be sure to package everything as securely as you can. This includes using proper cushioning, bracing, wrapping, and high-quality wooden crates and pellets at all times. If you need further information on how to ensure secure packaging, then take a look at our recent article on Freight Packaging Tips.

3. Label Accurately
To ensure that your entire shipment arrives in its intended destination in one piece, you need to be sure that every single box and pallet is labelled correctly. Regardless of whether you are shipping your cargo across the country, or around the globe, you need to include an accurate address labels, and all necessary paperwork for every box.

4. Complete Paperwork Precisely
There is a considerable amount of paperwork involved in the freight shipping process, particularly if you’re shipping goods internationally. The paperwork involved in securing Customs Clearance can be a minefield if you haven’t done it before. If you’re unsure of how to proceed, then simply contact the friendly team at Galaxy Freight International today. We’re always happy to assist with any queries you might have.

If you follow our tips above when it comes to planning your next freight shipment, then your project will definitely be off to a good start. While there may always be some unforseen issues that arise, with proper planning and organisation, your freight shipment should arrive on time, and safe and secure.